60 attractions you should visit in Thuringia - With photos & details

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Top 60 attractions to explore in Thuringia

Thuringia is known for its quartet of magnificent ancient cities and Wartburg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Because of its vast mountainous and forested region, it is also designated as "the green heart of Germany".

Altenstein PalaceAltenstein 9, 36448 Bad Liebenstein, Germany
Palaces
Museums

A majestic palace upon a rocky hill on the south-western slope of the Thuringian Forest, Germany. It was the summer residence of the Dukes of Saxe-Meiningen and is surrounded by 160 hectares of English landscape garden, which contain, among other objects of interest, a cavern 300 metres long, through which flows a large and rapid stream. It was one of the famous attractions in this area and also it gives an idea about the ancient lining style of the Dukes.

Alternativer Bärenpark WorbisDuderstädter Allee 49, 37339 Leinefelde-Worbis, Germany
Parks

The Alternative Bear Park Worbis is an open-air facility on the outskirts of Leinefelde-Worbis in Eichsfeld , Thuringia , where bears , wolves and various other animal species live. The park was created in 1996 on the initiative of the “Aktion Bärenhilfswerk” on the site of the former communal zoo. The alternative bear park in Worbis sees itself as an animal, nature and species protection project.

AngermuseumAnger 18, 99084 Erfurt, Germany
Museums

The Angermuseum is the first city museum in Erfurt. It was ceremoniously opened on June 27, 1886, and is housed in the building that used to house the public weighing machine in Erfurt am Anger. The scales were necessary at that time so that incoming trade goods could be cleared accordingly. Originally only the gallery on the first floor was used for the museum. The building was built between 1706 and 1711 according to plans by the architect Johann Maximilian von Welsch.

Burgk CastleOrtsstraße 16, 07907 Burgk, Germany
Iconic Buildings

Burgk Castle on the River Saale is the oldest and largest castle complex in the Thuringian Upper Region and is considered not only one of Thuringia's major cultural monuments but also one of Germany's most beautiful castles. It lies on an exposed site on a rock plateau above the village of Burgkhammer and the eponymous reservoir on a bend in the Saale.

Deutsches Optisches MuseumCarl-Zeiss-Platz 12, 07743 Jena, Germany
Museums

The German Optical Museum Jena is a science and technology museum.  It displays optical instruments from eight centuries. It gives a technical and cultural-historical survey of the development of optical instruments. With changing special exhibitions and extensive educational programs, the Optical Museum was popular at this time as an educational location for school groups, tourists, and the population of the city of Jena.

Drachenhöhle SyrauHöhlenberg 10, Paul-Seifert-Straße, 08548 Syrau, Germany
Caves

The Drachenhöhle Syrau is a stalactite cave in Syrau in Saxony. It invites you into the subterranean world of bizarre rock shapes. Quarry master Ludwig Undeutsch discovered the cave by chance in 1928 while working on the Syrau limestone quarry. The 15 meter deep stalactite cave offers visitors the opportunity to marvel at fascinating rock and clay formations - a special feature of the roof cave - as well as extraordinary sintered forms during a 40-minute tour.

Duchess Anna Amalia LibraryPlatz der Demokratie 1, 99423 Weimar, Germany
Iconic Buildings

The Duchess Anna Amalia Library is a research center for European cultural and literary history around 1800. It preserves literary records from the 9th to the 21st century as sources of cultural history and for research, catalogs them by formal aspects and content, and makes them available for use. It today has approximately 850,000 volumes with a collection emphasis on German literature. Among its special collections is an important Shakespeare collection of approximately 10,000 volumes, as wel

EgaparkGothaer Str. 38, 99094 Erfurt, Germany
Theme Parks

The egapark in Erfurt , with an area of ​​36 hectares, is one of the largest garden and leisure parks in Germany. The park area is located in the southwest of the city on the 265-meter high Cyriaksberg. Emerging from a former city fortress, the area was redesigned as a public green area from 1885 and further expanded in the following period. The entry-based facility, which is open all year round, combines various exhibition halls, plant showrooms, themed gardens and relaxation areas.

Erfurt CathedralDomstufen 1, 99084 Erfurt, Germany
Churches

Erfurt Cathedral is an impressive Gothic cathedral with some Romanesque parts situated on a hillside in Erfurt. Inside are many important art masterpieces. It  is the largest and oldest church building in the Thuringian city of Erfurt, central Germany. It is the episcopal seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erfurt. One of the main pilgrimage centres in this area and  also a tourist spot too.

Experience Saalfeld Fairy GrottoesFeengrottenweg 2, 07318 Saalfeld/Saale, Germany
Caves

The Saalfeld Fairy Grottoes are colorful caves full of stalactites and stalagmites. Once a slate mining pit known as Jeremias luck, the beautiful grottoes were declared the “most colorful grottoes of the world” by the Guinness Book of Records. They have long been famous for their countless colorful mineral formations

FischmarktFischmarkt, 99084 Erfurt, Germany
Street Markets
Man-made Structures- Other

The Fischmarkt, or literally in Italian Fish Market Square, is the central square of the city of Erfurt, the capital of Thuringia, Germany.  In the Middle Ages, various markets were held here, and slowly the area developed to become the hub and social center of the city. In fact, in 1275 a first Town Hall was built on the eastern side. During 2013 the square was completely restored and pedestrianized.

FröbelturmFröbelturm, 98744 Oberweißbach/Thüringer Wald, Germany
Iconic Buildings

The Fröbelturm is a high 29,75 m observation tower near the city of Mountain Oberweißenbach in the Thuringian mountains. It was erected in the years 1888–1890 on the summit of the 784.2  m high Kirchberg by the Thuringian Forest Association as a token of thanks for Friedrich Froebel, the founder of the kindergartens. There is a restaurant in an annex.

Gnandstein CastleBurgstraße 3, 04654 Frohburg, Germany
Iconic Buildings
Man-made Structures- Other

Gnandstein Castle sitting high on a rock spur towering over the place of the same name. It is Saxony’s best-preserved Romanesque fortification. Its imposing shielding wall with the ward in front of it has visitors pause in awe. The castle is considered the best-preserved fortress in Saxony. During the Thirty Years' War, the castle was attacked by Swedish troops and partly destroyed. Shortly before the end of the war, the south wing burned down after being struck by lightning.

Goethe's HouseFrauenplan 1, 99423 Weimar, Germany
Iconic Buildings

Goethe house is the main house lived in by the writer, poet, and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goethe whilst in Weimar. He lived in this Frauenplan Baroque house for more than twenty years, from 1809 to his death in 1832. The interior is for the most part the way he left it. The living rooms, workroom, and library are all open to the public. The permanent exhibition of the National Museum places Goethe in the context of Weimar classicism in the late 18C and early 19C.

Goethes GartenhausGoethes Gartenhaus Park an der Ilm, 99425 Weimar, Germany
Iconic Buildings
Museums

Goethes Gartenhaus in the park on the Ilm in Weimar was a place of residence and work of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Since 1998 it belongs as part of the ensemble " Classical Weimar " for UNESCO - World Heritage Site.  The house is possibly a winegrower's house from the 16th century - a time when viticulture still played a major role in Weimar. In its time, the slope was more of an orchard or vegetable growing area. Today the garden house is set up as a museum.

GöltzschtalbrückeGöltzschtalbrücke, 08491 Netzschkau, Germany
Bridges
Man-made Structures- Other

The Göltzschtalbrücke in the Saxon Vogtland district is the largest brick bridge in the world. The viaduct with a total of 98  sheets is regarded as landmarks of the Vogt contiguous and spans two tracks on the railway yard Leipzig the valley of Göltzsch between locations Reichenbach in Vogt country and Netzsckau.  Göltzsch Viaduct is also the name of a much smaller viaduct built-in 1938 where Bundesautobahn 72 crosses the Göltzsch River. It sits about 10 km due southeast near the village of Weis

Großer BeerbergGroßer Beerberg, 98559 Gehlberg, Germany
Mountain Peaks
Volcanoes

The Great Beerberg is a remnant of a volcano that was active over 250 million years ago and is 982.9  m above sea level. NHN  the highest elevation in the Thuringian Forest and Thuringia. It is located between the three districts of Suhl Heidersbach, Goldlauter, and Gehlberg and consists of rhyolite. The mountain did not belong entirely to the Free State of Thuringia until 1945. This may be related to the fact that its status as the highest mountain in Thuringia has not yet got around everywhere

Großer InselsbergGroßer Inselsberg, 99891 Bad Tabarz, Germany
Mountain Peaks

The Große Inselsberg - south of the Rennsteig , "Großer Inselberg" is the more common spelling - is 916.5  m above sea level. NHN a striking, wooded, and much-visited mountain in the Thuringian Forest in the Thuringian districts of Gotha and Schmalkalden-Meiningen. The mountain is the highest in the northwestern half of the Middle Thuringian Forest and after the Great Beerberg. For over 1000 years it has marked historical borders - currently between the district of Gotha and the district of Schm

Hainich National ParkBei der Marktkirche 9, 99947 Bad Langensalza, Germany
Forests
National Parks

The Hainich National Park in Thuringia, between Bad Langensalza and Eisenach, is home to one of Germany's wild old beech forests. With a surface area of 160 km2, it is the largest coherent deciduous woodland in Germany. Its southern part was designated as a national park on 31 December 1997. It also features a wide range of beech forest communities, with populations of ash trees, hornbeams, maples, lindens, and occasional checker trees.

Hanstein CastleRimbach, 37318 Bornhagen, Germany
Iconic Buildings

Ruins of Hanstein Castle Ruins of Hanstein Castle The castle ruin Hanstein is one of the most famous and interesting castle complexes in central Germany. In its present extent it was constructed in 1308 following a building period of 200 years. From the accessible north tower you can enjoy a beautiful view over the surroundings, and on a clear day you can see for instance the Brocken mountain in the Harz mountains. On offer are events, concerts, fairytales, exhibitions of cribs and Hanstein fest

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